Learning Environments & Curriculum

Unstructured Play vs. Organized Sports

Young children need to run. They need to play. They need to cooperate. So how do we meet all these needs and still promote positive development in our kids? Organized sports are OK. They do teach cooperation. But they also lead to frustration (I’m not good enough) and they put a lot of pressure on… Continue reading Unstructured Play vs. Organized Sports

Learning Environments & Curriculum

Growing Butterflies

Watching the metamorphosis of butterflies is fascinating! Every spring we purchase painted lady butterfly larva (another word for caterpillars) from InsectLore. They come in a little cup with the food in the bottom. We place the cup on the front counter with information about the caterpillars and what’s going on in there. With each stage… Continue reading Growing Butterflies

Personal, Professional & Leadership Development

National Teacher Appreciation Week

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week. It’s a good time to show your child’s teachers how much they matter. These are the people we trust to care for your children while we are away at work and to impart knowledge. We expect them to be well-educated at what they do, have immeasurable patience, and always be cheerful… Continue reading National Teacher Appreciation Week

Celebrations

Week of the Young Child – #WOYC18

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) celebrates children and families for a full week each year.  The Week of the Young Child – #WOYC18 This is the week! Each day of the week will focus on a different theme. Create your own plan to incorporate these into your daily activities and… Continue reading Week of the Young Child – #WOYC18

Human Growth & Development · Learning Environments & Curriculum

Why Use Loose Parts?

Some years ago a theory popped up – the theory of loose parts. Although this concept has been around and used a lot longer than its name, it’s now a mainstream idea. The practice of providing children with movable materials that have no specific purpose; that can be taken from area to area and put… Continue reading Why Use Loose Parts?

Human Growth & Development

Special Needs and Parents

It’s a difficult conversation to have. One of the hardest conversations I’ve had to have with parents is suggesting their child might have special needs. When a child is not within the typical range for development, it’s important that we start the conversation. And the best place to start is to refer them to an… Continue reading Special Needs and Parents